Rutgers installs 1st Black president in school’s history

Rutgers University has installed its first Black president in the school’s history.

News 12 Staff

Nov 5, 2021, 9:41 AM

Updated 901 days ago

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Rutgers University has officially installed a new president.
Jonathan Holloway is the first African American to hold the position in the school’s 250-year history.
In his speech, Holloway said that Rutgers remains a work in progress and is never truly finished.
"In my administration, I will continue to call upon our better spirits and present a new narrative about the university. One that points to the abundant excellence that is already here and the excellence that it can attain if we find ways to believe in ourselves,” Holloway said.
The university Board of Governors appointed Holloway on Tuesday, but he has been in the position since July 2020. He had to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic while in his new role.
Students say that he has already done some amazing work.
"It's a very exciting experience, especially with…all of us highlighting all of the awesome work Mr. Holloway has already been able to do, especially during the COVID pandemic. It's just really exciting to see how he's able to even interact with the students now,” says senior Yasmin Ibrahim.
Holloway is the 21st president of Rutgers.


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